Holiday Celebrations!

Happy Birthday, America! 🇺🇸

It is no secret I am a big fan of birthdays and celebrating them! To say the 4th of July is one of my favorite days of the year is an understatement! As someone who grew up in a military family and spent several years working with the military, I show off my American spirit… Continue reading Happy Birthday, America! 🇺🇸

Attending Events, Military Functions

Formal Etiquette: Time to Get Gala Ready!

Today, I am taking a bit of "writer's freedom" and subscribing to the #ThrowbackThursday movement. At work, we are preparing for Project Cinderella (click to read about last year's program)! With everything from a protocol and etiquette seminar to a dress boutique, this is a wonderful program which helps female military spouses and female service members… Continue reading Formal Etiquette: Time to Get Gala Ready!

Holiday Celebrations!, Uncategorized

My Experience as a USO Elf

This article is not related to protocol or etiquette; however, I found this experience so special, I knew I had to share it. This Holiday Season, I had the privilege of being the Program Manager, or "Head Elf" as some affectionately referred to me, for USO-Metro's Project Elf. Project USO Elf supports military children of junior… Continue reading My Experience as a USO Elf

Attending Events, Military Functions

Summer Transitions: Military Ceremonies Edition

The summer is typically a very active time in the military community. Many service members are changing duty stations (Permanent Change of Station or "PCSing") and it is also a very common time for Change of Commands to take place. This year, the summer is a very exciting time for my family - Next week,… Continue reading Summer Transitions: Military Ceremonies Edition

Everyday Etiquette

Interacting with Individuals Who Have Service Dogs

Through my work, I have the privilege of interacting with individuals who have service dogs as well as working alongside facility and therapy dogs. However, a lot of people are unsure about how to properly interact with service/working dogs and/or approach their human. That inspired me to do some research and reach out to the… Continue reading Interacting with Individuals Who Have Service Dogs

Holiday Celebrations!, Military Functions

The Meaning of Memorial Day

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. To many people, this weekend marks the "unofficial start of summer" and an extra day off work; however, the real meaning of Memorial Day is to remember those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and this country. Here are a few things you can… Continue reading The Meaning of Memorial Day

A Gracious Guest, Attending Events, Military Functions

Attending a Military Ball or Formal!

A couple weeks ago, I wrote "You Got Invited to a Military Ball!" Well, the time is here! In honor of the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day next week, I am sharing my tips for attending a military formal. Now that you have done all the prep work to get ready, it is time to attend… Continue reading Attending a Military Ball or Formal!

A Gracious Guest, Attending Events, Military Functions

You Got Invited to a Military Ball!

It's one of my favorite times of the year... Military Ball season! Between growing up in a military family and working in the field of event coordination and protocol for the military, I have had the pleasure of attending several military events. One of my favorite formals is the traditional "Birthday Ball" for the services in the Fall.… Continue reading You Got Invited to a Military Ball!